Pure Shooter

Josh Carter Scouting Report

CONTEXT

Josh Carter remains one of the very best pure shooters in the globe. He took his talents to Turkey last season and once again shot extremely well on a high number of attempts per minute. It continues to be a mystery to me how come somebody with his combination of length (six-foot-seven height, six-foot-11 wingspan) and effective field goal percentage hasn’t gotten a look by the NBA or a higher level club in Europe yet.

SHOOTING

Like Montepaschi Siena the season before, Turk Telekom was yet another team that didn’t fully maximize the impact of Carter’s shooting by having him jet around screens some and impact the game without touching the ball.

Carter was used mostly a weak-side spot-up shooter and did what was expected of him in that role. He converted 40.5% of his 170 three-point shots in 912 minutes, averaging 6.7 such attempts per 36 minutes. According to RealGM, Turk Telekom averaged 134.5 points per 100 possessions with Carter on the floor and just 113.4 overall, signaling a massive drop-off when he got some rest. He ranked second in the Turkish league in offensive rating among all players.

He has now hit 40.4% of his 940 three-point shots over his last four years in Europe with Maccabi Ashdod, Spartak Saint Petesburg and Turk Telekom. That’s after nailing 41.8% of his 715 such shots in four years at Texas A&M between 2005 and 2009. Simply put: this is a proven shooter with an excellent history of volume shot making in an efficient manner.

OTHER AREAS OF OFFENSE

Carter showed to be a little more capable off the bounce than he had in Italy – running some side pick-and-rolls against unbalanced defenses and passing pretty well on the move. He assisted on 12.4% of Turk Telekom’s baskets when he was on the floor last season – his highest mark over the last four seasons.

He is not much of a threat to get to the rim against a set defense, lacking the burst to blow by defenders or the handles to shake them up side-to-side and the strength to maintain his balance through contact. But Carter shot very well off the bounce, which created some driving opportunities at times, and he was able to convert 63.3% of his 109 two-point shots.

Carter once again flashed the ability to play above the rim as a target for lobs when his team pulled the big men outside the lane and opened space for weak-side cuts and also showed the ability to handle the ball well enough on the break.

DEFENSE

Carter is a below average defender. His physical profile suggests he should be more impactful but he contributes very little on the glass, crashing inside to help protect the rim and shutting down passing lanes.

He doesn’t seem like a massive liability in individual defense but does struggle navigating over screens and recovering quickly to contest shots effectively, while also lacking the strength to contain dribble penetration through contact and hold his ground in the post. Carter had the second highest defensive rating on the team among rotation players, per RealGM.

Editor’s Note: Rafael Uehara is the managing editor of ‘Basketball Scouting’. More of his work can be found here or at Upside & Motor, where he is a regular contributor. He can be followed on twitter as @rafael_uehara

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